RG office has corrected wrong passport IsiNdebele words

The Claim: The Registrar General office has corrected the errors and misspellings of IsiNdebele words on the Zimbabwe Passport.
The Verdict: claim verdict

Claim: The Registrar General office has corrected the errors and misspellings of IsiNdebele words on the Zimbabwe Passport.

A social media user shared pictures of the Zimbabwe Passport showing that the misspelt IsiNdebele words have been corrected.

This comes after the Registrar General’s office was criticised for the errors on the travelling document, prompting Bulawayo based lawyer Nqobani Sithole to take the matter to court.

The matter is still before the courts.

The picture shows that the words, “Akuvhunyelwa ukubhala epejini le ngaphandle kwamaBhanga eZimbabwe afanele afake isidhindo duzane kwaloko okubhaliweyo”

have been changed to, “Akumelanga kube lomuntu obhala  olunye ulutho kuleli ikhasi ngaphandle kwebhanga leZimbabwe okumele lifake isidindo salo esisemthethweni kuloba kuyini elikubhala kuleli khasi.”

In his founding affidavit, Sithole argued that the basis of the application was to invoke the High Court’s jurisdiction as set out in section 17 (1) (c) of the Constitution.

“I am a Zimbabwean citizen and entitled to a number of rights and freedoms including the freedom of movement and residence as set out in section 66 (1) (c) of the Constitution, which encompasses the right to have a passport,” he said.

“The same Constitution in section 6 (3) (a) guarantees every person’s right to the use of a language of one’s choice.

“I am a native speaker of IsiNdebele language, which does not only define my culture, but millions of others in Zimbabwe.”

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